Ipswich Knights striker Elliot White is tackled by a Rochedale player in Sunday's latest BPL match.
Ipswich Knights striker Elliot White is tackled by a Rochedale player in Sunday's latest BPL match. David Nielsen

Knights future secure under state revamp

IPSWICH Knights president Troy Beahan is keen to see how next year's revamped Football Queensland model helps regional clubs in future.

However, he was positive about what it means for his Bundamba-based Knights club after receiving the initial plan released today.

The Knights have been granted a five-year licence whereby they remain in the second tier Football Queensland Premier League (FQPL) unless they gain promotion to the FQ National Premier Leagues (FQNPL) competition during that time.

"It's fine. It gives us some security for five years with no relegation from the QPL,'' Beahan said. "We can get ourselves ready.''

The Knights are currently playing in the Brisbane Premier League.

Under the new structure, Knights teams from under-13 to the top men's side will play in the new second tier series with the best sides at the end of the season promoted to the FQ NPL competition the following year.

"It's all about developing a pathway from the 13s up for the BPL and the NPL now,'' Beahan said.

"It looks all right. We've got six months to set up and get into it.''

From next season, the clubs represented in the FQ Premier League with the Knights are Eastern Suburbs, Football Wide Bay, Gold Coast Athletic, Gold Coast Galaxy, Holland Park Hawks, Logan Lightning, Mitchelton, Peninsula Power, Rochedale Rovers, Souths United, Southside Eagles, Sunshine Coast Wanderers (Buderim Wanderers) and Wolves.

Beahan welcomed the new FQPL teams from Wide Bay and the Sunshine Coast.

He expected current BPL side Lions to be added to the expanded FQNPL competition.

"I don't think anyone will be surprised by Lions going up with the facilities they've got and the set-up they've got,'' he said.

Lions are the current Brisbane Premier League champions.